Factfulness Summary


“One of the most important books I’ve ever read—an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates

“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.” Melinda Gates

"Factfulness by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases." - Former U.S. President Barack Obama

s: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.

When asked simple questions about global trends—what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school—we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective—from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse).

Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.

Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulnessis an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future.


“This book is my last battle in my life-long mission to fight devastating ignorance…Previously I armed myself with huge data sets, eye-opening software, an energetic learning style and a Swedish bayonet for sword-swallowing. It wasn’t enough. But I hope this book will be.” Hans Rosling, February 2017.

Book Reviews


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Giving me a different perspective5 star

This book gives me a new way of looking problems, and how good data can help in decision making. Hans Rosling can explain with ease and his love to fact is a passion I would love to have.55


Amazing book5 star

Beautifully insightful.55


A Wise book to read5 star

Hans, Anna and Ola wrote together a book that was really needed for me. It provided a worldview that is both concerned and appreciative of the current circumstances. I really like this. It gave me a deep sense of comfort and I really appreciate this book for deep honesty. I will keep coming back to this book as I become older I think. Thanks a lot.55


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A must read for all members of the human species!5 star

Seriously that good and important.55

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Must Read for All Who Want to Learn the Truths about the World5 star

As a trained 6 Sigma Black Belt and graduate of Air War College, this book provides the same approach to data collection, it’s analysis, and findings; but applied to a view of our world culture(s). It provides the facts, presented so the truth can be gleaned and wisdom achieved. Truly a wonderful book. While I would have to differ on 2 or 3 viewpoints that are tied to moral issues, this would be out of a plethora of poignant and beautifully presented insights into our human world. I feel my brain has expanded like a balloon after reading this book. I need some time to assimilate it all.55


Everyone on earth should read this book (period)5 star

My title says it all.55

Kyle U.

A must read for everyone!5 star

This book should be standard for everyone. Such practical and useful advice!55


Must read5 star

Hans Rosling was one of the pioneers of data science snd analytics. He demonstrates how reality and our perceptions can be so vastly different. An it is important for all of us to know why decisions need to be made based on data and facts rather than emotion. The world would be a better place if everyone read this book.55

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